Super GT premier class star Katsumasa Chiyo had a stellar evening in this past Saturday’s 1000 km du Castellet at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France.
Driving with former GT300 race winner Lucas Ordoñez and Alex Buncombe, Chiyo and the #23 Motul Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3 drove on from 32nd on the grid to finish 5th in the punishing French summer heat, leading the contingent of current and former Super GT drivers entered at the latest round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
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The 2017 edition of the fabled “Grand Prix of Endurance”, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be remembered as one of the most eventful, memorable editions of the event – one that saw a determined victory from the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber, recovering from eighteen laps and one hour down to win the race.
Ten current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, all of them experiencing a range of emotions; from the heartbreaking misfortunes at Toyota Gazoo Racing, to the improbable 2nd place overall result for former Super GT driver Oliver Jarvis and the Jackie Chan DC Racing team – which won the LMP2 class, and so nearly took the most unfathomable overall victory in modern Le Mans history.
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Autobacs Super GT Series star Andrea Caldarelli is now a perfect two-for-two in the 2017 Blancpain GT Endurance Cup, as he and Grasser Racing Team (GRT) Lamborghini co-drivers Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart held on by just three-tenths of a second to win the 3 Hours of Silverstone Circuit in England this past Sunday.
It’s the #63 GRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3’s third straight win in the Blancpain GT Series overall, having also won the 3 Hours of Monza and the sprint race at Brands Hatch Circuit in England.
Caldarelli wasn’t the only Super GT star on the grid at Silverstone, as Katsumasa Chiyo was back in the #23 Motul Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3, and Nakajima Racing driver Bertrand Baguette made his first start in the #66 Attempto Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3, in a field that also included series alumni such as Benoît Tréluyer, Lucas Ordoñez, and Oliver Jarvis.
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Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers and Super GT superstars Kazuki Nakajima and Yuji Kunimoto may have missed the Autobacs Super GT Series Fuji 500km this past Thursday, but they didn’t disappoint in the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Nakajima joined co-drivers Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson in their #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to pick up the overall victory – and a Toyota 1-2 finish – in the final WEC round before the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Kunimoto, the reigning Japanese Super Formula Champion, scored a fifth-place overall finish on debut in the #9 Toyota TS050 with veteran co-drivers Nicolas Lapierre and Stéphane Sarrazin.
Continue reading Nakajima wins Spa 6 Hours for Toyota, Kunimoto mistake-free in WEC debut